Crabs on Parade
Muriel's Jackson Square (801 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.com) is serving a special table d'hote menu through the end of June highlighting Louisiana crab. Chef Gus Martin's menu includes a jumbo lump crabmeat salad, crabmeat and wild mushroom ragout, soft-shell crab with corn maque choux and, for a crab-free dessert, blueberry tart. The dinner costs $42 and a portion of proceeds goes to the Crescent City Farmers Market (www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org).
Rib and Bowl
An eclectic late-night tavern called the Sugar Shack (808 Iberville St., 565-5520) has opened at the French Quarter address that was previously home to the restaurant Zydecue. The menu covers ground ranging from barbecue (ribs, brisket, etc.) to Cajun (po-boys made with sausage from Poche's Market in Breaux Bridge) to burgers, sandwiches and pasta dishes. The restaurant also sports a pair of coin-operated mini bowling lanes that run the length of the dining room and use melon-sized balls.